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Season in review - November

A look back at the month of November 2018...

18 June 2019

mkdons.com takes a month-by-month look back at the promotion winning campaign, with the month of November the next to be reviewed.

RECAP
With a reduced Sky Bet League Two fixture list due to the start of the Emirates FA Cup, the Dons played just four league games, winning three and losing just once. Their exploits in front of goal continued, as Paul Tisdale's side netted 10 times in the league, during the move of November, while they also kept three clean sheets.

Wins over Crawley Town, Macclesfield Town and Morecambe saw the Dons climb to the top of the table come the end of November, as they sat two points ahead of Lincoln City having played one more game than The Imps.
 
In cup competitions, the Dons exploits in both the Checkatrade Trophy and The Emirates FA Cup came to a halt, as defeats against Brighton and Hove Albion Under-21s and Grimsby Town respectively saw the club eliminated from both competitions.
 
November also provided a memorable night for the people of Milton Keynes as a record football crowd of 29,669 supporters watched on as Brazil beat Cameroon 1-0 at Stadium MK.

Everton striker Richarlison scored the only goal of the game for Brazil, who lost their star man Neymar to an injury after only seven minutes. Richardson was Neymar’s replacement.

Tite’s side included several recognisable faces including Premier League players such as the aforementioned Richardson as well as the likes of Ederson, Roberto Firmino and Gabriel Jesus.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO TABLE

    Pld W D L Pts Gd
1 MK Dons 20 11 7 2 40 +17
2 Lincoln City 19 11 5 3 38 +10
3 Colchester United 20 10 5 5 35 +11
4 Newport County 20 10 5 5 35 -3
5 Bury 20 9 6 5 33 +14
6 Mansfield Town 19 7 11 1 32 +10
7 Exeter City 20 8 7 5 31 +7

GAME-BY-GAME
Crawley Town 0-4 MK Dons - Sky Bet League Two (Saturday 3rd)
MK Dons produced one of their best performances under Paul Tisdale to beat Crawley Town 4-0 at the Checkatrade.com Stadium.

Most of the damage was done in the first half as Rhys Healey scored twice and Kieran Agard found the net inside the opening 45 minutes.
 
Chuks Aneke then added a fourth after the break as Tisdale’s men started the month of November in stunning fashion.
 
 
Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Walsh, Cargill; Brittain (D’Ath 75), Houghton, Gilbey, Lewington; Agard, Aneke (Simpson 81), Healey (Pawlett 81).
 
Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Jackson, Watson.
 
Goals: Healey (7, 45+1), Agard (18), Aneke (63).
 
Attendance: 2,667 (454 away).
 

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Grimsby Town 3-1 MK Dons - Emirates FA Cup (Saturday 10th)
MK Dons exited the Emirates FA Cup at the First Round stage following a 3-1 defeat to Grimsby Town at Blundell Park.

Paul Tisdale’s men took the lead through Kieran Agard’s seventh goal of the campaign but three second-half finishes from the hosts saw the Dons fall to their first defeat in six games and leaves them with just the league and Checkatrade Trophy to concentrate on for the remainder of the campaign.
 
Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Walsh, Cargill; Brittain, Houghton (Cisse 78), Gilbey, Lewington (c); Healey (Simpson 74), Aneke (D’Ath 64), Agard.
 
Unused subs: Moore, Hancox, Jackson, Watson.
 
Goal: Agard (23)
 
Booked: Houghton, Williams, Walsh
 
Attendance: 1,991 (154 away)

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MK Dons 2-3 Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s - Checkatrade Trophy (Tuesday 13th)
MK Dons were eliminated from the Checkatrade Trophy at the Group Stage after a 3-2 defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion Under-21s

Brighton had to come from behind to pick up the win after an Aaron Connolly hat-trick secured the victory for the Albion.
 
MK Dons had taken an early lead through Kieran Agard's strike before Connolly drew The Seagulls level for the first time. 
 
Hancox then scored his first goal in a Dons shirt to send Tisdale's side in 2-1 up at the break with the lead, before Connolly netted second of the evening after the break to put Brighton back ahead 
 
The striker completed his hat-trick with 15-minutes left to play and in the process eliminated the Dons from the competition.

Starting XI: Moore, Williams, Walsh (Brittain 45+2), Cisse, Watson, Hancox, Agard, McGrandles (Houghton 65), Simpson, D’Ath (Gilbey 78), Cargill. 
 
Unused Subs: Nicholls, Lewington, Aneke, Healey.
 
Attendance: 1,018 (63)
 
Goals: Agard (6), Hancox (40)

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MK Dons 2-0 Macclesfield Town - Sky Bet League Two (Saturday 17th)
MK Dons moved top of the Sky Bet League Two table courtesy of a 2-0 victory over Macclesfield Town at Stadium MK.

Chuks Aneke opened the scoring for Paul Tisdale’s men early in the second half with his 10th goal of the season before Kieran Agard maintained his fine goalscoring run and doubled the advantage 13 minutes later, securing the points in the process.
 
 
Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Cargill; Brittain, Gilbey, Houghton, Lewington; Healey (Simpson 88), Aneke (Asonganyi 71), Agard (D’Ath 67).
 
Unused subs: Moore, Watson, Hancox, McGrandles.
 
Goals: Aneke (52), Agard (65)
 
Booked: Cargill, Lewington
 
Attendance: 7,087 (237 away)

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Stevange 3-2 MK Dons - Sky Bet League Two (Saturday 24th)
MK Dons fell to only their second league defeat of the season at the Lamex Stadium, losing 3-2 to Stevenage.

Boro opened the scoring through Steve Seddon but goals from Rhys Healey and Kieran Agard put Paul Tisdale’s men in the driving seat with 20 minutes left to play.
 
Scott Cuthbert, though, levelled for the hosts in the 86th minute before Ben Kennedy won the contest in the closing stages of regulation time with a free-kick.
 
 
Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor, Lewington (c); Brittain, Gilbey, Houghton, Hancox (Watson 62); Agard, Aneke (Simpson 83), Healey.
 
Unused subs: Moore, Cisse, McGrandles, D’Ath, Asonganyi.
 
Goals: Healey (28), Agard (67)
 
Booked: Gilbey, Williams, Watson
 
Attendance: 3,263 (826 away)

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MK Dons 2-0 Morecambe - Sky Bet League Two (Tuesday 27th)
Alex Gilbey scored a second-half brace against Morecambe to send MK Dons back to the top of the Sky Bet League Two table.

Paul Tisdale’s men were made to wait for their glory at Stadium MK and suffered a double injury blow as both Jordan Moore-Taylor and Chuks Aneke limped off.
 
However, their patience was rewarded after the break with Gilbey finding the net twice to secure a fifth successive home success for the Dons.
 
 
Starting XI: Nicholls; Williams, Moore-Taylor (Cisse 25), Cargill; McGrandles, Houghton, Gilbey, Lewington; Healey, Agard (D’Ath 53), Aneke (Simpson 56).
 
Unused subs: Moore, Watson, Hancox, Asonganyi.
 
Goals: Gilbey (58, 84)
 
Attendance: 5,726 (77 away)

STATS
Appearances
George Williams - 6
Kieran Agard - 6
Alex Gilbey - 5 (1)
Jordan Houghton - 5 (1)
Robbie Simpson - 1 (5)
Lee Nicholls - 5
Dean Lewington - 5
Baily Cargill - 5
Chuks Aneke - 5
Rhys Healey - 5
Callum Brittain - 4 (1)
Lawson D’Ath - 1 (4)
Joe Walsh - 3
Jordan Moore-Taylor - 3
Ousseynou Cisse - 1 (2)
Conor McGrandles - 2
Mitch Hancox - 2
Ryan Watson - 1 (1)
Stuart Moore - 1
Peter Pawlett - 0 (1)
Dylan Asonganyi - 0 (1)

Goals
Kieran Agard - 5
Rhys Healey - 3
Chuks Aneke - 2
Alex Gilbey - 2
Mitch Hancox - 1


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